After listening to MrPickles in Chicago and reevaluating my travel plans, I am back in the Mint game on a limited basis. I have a solid relationship with a bank on the island. I know how much they can take and what day they would like my deposit. After I receive my coins, and put them in circulation ;), I then take the dollars to my bank. The vault has room for only so many and that is respectfully, my limit per week. All those single $1 denominations take up space.
It appears that I can use my credit card for $1000 each ten days. Between Katybug and I, we have 5 SPG cards which corresponds nicely with the vault size.
So on we go. Not nearly as big as many others with more elaborate schemes, but we have always tried to be under the radar and yet benefit from the opportunities in front of us.
We’ll keep you advised of our progress.
Don’t Forget our Veterans
Keith reminded me that McCormick and Schmidt’s is offering a free meal to vets on teh 7th of November and Chili’s is offering lunch on the 14th. I’m not 100% sure it is for Vet’s or active duty, so call ahead for details and the McCormick and Schmidt’s offer suggests calling ahead for reservations.
SOS Diet Update
My last weigh in was October 19th at 269 pounds. That represents a 23 pound loss since my starting date of July 16th.
I have not been hungry, and after making the switch away from sugar, I no longer crave it. Sweets, when I mistakenly put them in my mouth, are as repulsive to me as booze has become. Thank God for that one as well.
Citi Prestige® Card
- Annual Fee: $450 fee
- Foreign Fees: No
- Card Type: Bank
The increase to 50,000 ThankYou points for the Citi Prestige card may be a signal that Citi wants back in the game, big time. The sign-up bonus has just been increased to 50K points from the previous 30K offer. An added benefit is a $250 annual air travel credit each calendar year -- so, if you sign up in April, you'll receive the credit this year, and again in January of next year -- which more than covers the $450 first year fee. When you add in lounge access for you and up to two of your guests, you’ve added another $400+ in value. One more benefit worth mentioning is the fourth night free for any four-night hotel stay booked through Wagonlit Travel. And lastly is the $100 statement credit when you sign up for Global Entry and pay for it using the Prestige card. Don’t forget the ever-growing number of airline transfer partners that work with the ThankYou points program.
- $250 Air Travel Credit each year
- Complimentary 4th Night for any hotel stay
- Earn 50,000 bonus ThankYou® Points after $3,000 in purchases made with your card in the first 3 months the account is open.
- Points are redeemable for an $800 flight on American Airlines or US Airways®, a $665 flight on any other airline or $500 in gift cards.
- Transfer points to a variety of travel loyalty programs from airlines to hotels.
- Earn 3x points on Air Travel and Hotels
- Earn 2x points on Dining at Restaurants and Entertainment
- 1 ThankYou® Point per $1 spent on other purchases